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Clemson has accepted an invitation to compete in the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship June 2-3 at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia. The Tigers replace Arizona State, which was previously invited, but the Sun Devils are expected to receive sanctioning for an on-field incident earlier this spring and not be available.
The Tigers will be making their third-straight appearance at the CRC, having finished poorly in their first two trips. However, the Tigers are enjoying an uptick in competitiveness this season, evidenced by a second-place finish at the Las Vegas Inviational, where Lindenwood beat them in the final to secure automatic qualification.
Clemson was dominant before reaching the final, though, shutting out James Madison and Montana State in its first two pool games, blowing out Michigan State in the pool finale, beating Santa Clara three tries to two in the quarterfinals and edging mighty Central Washington in the semifinals. The Tigers also won the Furman Invitational earlier in the spring.
With American International College winning the Heart of America Classic over the weekend to punch its ticket, the CRC field is nearly full. The lone remaining spot will go to the SEC champion, crowned April 8 in Knoxville, Tenn.